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Artificial Intelligence continues to be a source of controversy in many areas of society and one of the most impactful is culture. In the writers' strike that has been affecting Hollywood for several months, unions have called AI an "existential threat". The last to live its effects has been the actor Stephen Fry, who has seen how this technology has stolen his voice to narrate a documentary in which he has not participated.

"I am a proud member of the actors union SAG-AFTRA. As you know, we have been on strike for three months. And one of the hot topics is AI," he confessed. "They used my reading of the seven volumes of the Harry Potter books, and from that dataset an AI of my voice was created, which made that new narrative," he said.

"What they've heard is not the result of a mashup. It is of a flexible artificial voice, in which the words are modulated to fit the meaning of each sentence," he explained. Then he did not hesitate to warn about the future, if not present, of AI: "At the moment they are only audios, but it should not be long for the 'deepfake' to be just as convincing."

"It could make me read anything from a call to storm parliament to hardcore porn. All this, without my knowledge or my permission," he said. And it is that for the actor of films such as 'V for Vendetta', 'Gosford Park' or 'Guide to the Hitchhiker', "it is a truly strange time to be alive".

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